About Us

The Virginia Property Rights Coalition was established in 1999 as an alliance of concerned property owners and organizations brought together by the unfairness of Virginia's Eminent Domain Law and the belief that the law must be changed to assure property owners receive fair treatment and "just compensation" when their homes, businesses, and private lands are taken or damaged for a public project through the awesome power of eminent domain.

We recognize the importance of eminent domain and support its use by government to provide essential services and infrastructure but believe the true costs of these projects should be shared by all who will benefit and not subsidized by property owners whose land is condemned and taken, often for less than it is worth.

Addressing this issue for the United States Supreme Court's majority, Chief Justice William Rehnquist has written:

burdens, which in all fairness and justice, should be borne by the public as a whole"
...a desire to improve the public way" of paying for what the government wants. If a government wants property for the public good, the public must pay for the property."

This web site was developed to serve as an information center for Virginia citizens and organization interested in property rights issues and in changing the current Eminent Domain Law. On this site, you will find legislative alerts/updates, a listing of the reforms passed, and reforms needed, a spotlight on legislator's, organizations and individuals who have made a difference in the reform of Virginia's eminent domain laws, and links to other sites and documents which may be of interest or help.

The Board of the Virginia Property Rights Coalition:

Robert Wilson, vice president, Central Radio, Norfolk. For 75 years, Robert’s family run business has supplied high-tech radio equipment to U.S. Navy ships. It was condemned 10 years ago, not because it was blighted but because it sat at the outer edge of a blighted neighborhood. Norfolk wants the land for a grocery store and fast food shops for Old Dominion University students. Wilson has vowed to fight in court until the condemnation is overturned. Phone: 757-477-2201. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wanda Beaver, Leave It to Beaver Child Care Center, Richmond. VDOT gave her $6800 for .04 acres critical to her small business. She wrote letters complaining that she had been shortchanged by at least $25,000. VDOT ignored her but a jury didn’t, awarding her $52,000 in 2009, eight times what VDOT said was her just compensation. In a last act of spite, VDOT’s private attorneys tried and failed to get the Supreme Court to overturn the award. The state spent nearly $100,000 fighting her. Phone: 804-231-7582; Cell 804-514-0326. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Edd Jennings, cattle farmer, Wythe County. More than a dozen times, his 300 acre farm on the New River has been condemned by VDOT, Appalachian Power Company and Duke Power, which left a bottomless pit when it put a gas line through one of his pastures. He recently won a suit against VDOT for damaging and taking his property during the reconstruction of the I-77 bridge without condemning it or paying him just compensation. Phone: 276-620-6634. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Joel Snively, retired Marine, Stafford County. After a long career in the Marines, including lengthy combat deployments, Snively and his wife, Linda, were anxious to put down roots on three acres in Stafford County in the first home they ever owned. It didn’t work out like they had hoped. Dominion Power, which gave assurances to the Snivelys they would never use the power line easement behind their home, went back on its word. After a bitter four-year struggle, Joel and Linda have decided to sell the home and start all over again. Phone: 540-288-8273; Cell: 540-538-4867. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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